I will never forget the night our dog Praise was hit by a car right in front of our house. You never fully appreciate how much you can love a pet until something like that happens. I wasn’t home at the time but I was able to get to the scene within minutes of the call. My heart sank as I pul…

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Having your blood pressure taken during an annual checkup is always part of the routine. In fact, compared to CT scans and MRI procedures used to detect complex problems, most people don’t give blood pressure readings much thought. As long as the doctor reports normal readings, there’s no re…

After a very wet first half of the month, the Dog Days of Summer have certainly arrived. The phrase refers to the fact that Sirius, a.k.a. the Dog Star, is the brightest star in the sky this time of year (not counting our sun). Whether you choose to spend these weeks lazing on the beach or s…

National Purple Heart Day, observed each year to remember the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate price in defense of our great nation, will be observed on Saturday, Aug. 7. This year, Purple Heart Day will begin with the dedication of the Rhod…

Few sentences can upend one’s life more than “I want a divorce.” Blessedly, after 42 years of marriage, I have yet to hear these words. Instead, my domestic harmony was ruptured by this recent declaration of my husband: “I bought a rowing machine.”

I got in the car and headed off to church. When I got to the stop sign at the end of our street, I glanced at the instrument panel. That’s when I noticed the number 53.5 on the miles per gallon gauge. I drive a Toyota Prius. So the number didn’t come as a total surprise. It’s just that I had…

Mae West, the American movie star who rarely lacked for lifestyle advice, once conceded, “When in doubt, take a bath.” She didn’t have a forest setting in mind. But did you know that forest bathing might be just as therapeutic as a soak in the suds?

The Summer Olympics are finally beginning this Friday, a full year after their intended start date of July 24, 2020. Suffice to say, both athletes and fans are more than ready for the action to begin. The games are held in Tokyo this year, and while no in-person spectators will be allowed, a…

Remember the 1976 Academy Award-winning movie, “Network?”It burst onto the big screen attacking TV news, ratings, and what the quest for same does to the people who are watching. Along the way it picked up a whole host of awards for writing, direction, and acting, and made famous the signatu…

Hailed by Time magazine as “a towering figure in Lincoln scholarship,” Michael Burlingame, who lives on Masons Island in Stonington, has attracted headlines and challenging reviews with his most recent book: “An American Marriage: The Untold story of Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd,” published…

FORE! For many of us, this simple word means only one thing: Duck! Hide your head out of fear of a small yet hard white projectile falling like a meteor. Suddenly, your leisurely day on the links is interrupted by the chance of a speeding golf ball meeting your head. Though the odds are undo…

Where do you find joy? Do you remember the Sunday School song, "I've got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart?" Every verse got a little faster and harder. It was fun to sing. You couldn't help but have a smile on your face as you sang about that deep abiding joy that comes from knowing t…

Having a good debate about matters of your health is not a bad thing. As has been said, “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” But recently, having a difference of opinion has become too closely associated with the polarized pol…

Many of us find ourselves constantly on the go this time of year. Busy though it may be, I personally find it a very welcome change in comparison to last year! Whether you’re driving the kids to various camps and activities, taking a long-overdue vacation, or simply laying on the beach with …

My God, the way we tiptoe around words and titles! Almost afraid to say what it is we mean, we instead substitute cute little names rather than coming out and just saying it. I’m not sure why we do this, but in some cases, we think the names we come up with are absolutely adorable or highly …

I realized early on in my administrative career that there are a world of informal dementia caregivers that need to learn and understand more. Even professional caregivers, e.g. doctors, nurses and CNAs, don’t receive the kind of training they should, and I can promise you that “on-the-job t…

I have to confess that when I walked by the clock I had never heard of either William Clement or Robert Hooke. I was just thinking that the clock must have stopped. The hands on its face read 7:30 and it was well past 9 p.m. I quickly realized it wasn’t a case of time standing still. The pen…

Several weeks ago I ventured on a guided bird walk hosted by the Audubon Society at Arcadia Management Area. It lasted about two hours and it was loads of fun! The best part for me was not seeing the birds (though that was very cool), it was taking the time to stop and take in nature and jus…

The past year has been challenging, but thanks to the generosity of community members who donated time, goods, and services to our recent fundraiser, we are full of Hope. The Greater Federation of Women’s Clubs Women’s Club of South County is dedicated to improving life locally through volun…

Aunt Harriet was a good woman. Maybe even the favorite relative of most of the family because she minded her own business, always had a smile on her face, and remembered everyone on their birthday.

Over the last few weeks I have gone rogue. Since my birthday, life has been a piece of cake... one right after the other. I’ve had so much cake in the last two weeks that my tummy is starting to resemble a bowl of batter. I’m like butter on a roll. I haven’t found a piece of cake that I don’t like.

How would you like to have a cart full of healthy foods and still save money? Anyone who does the grocery shopping will tell you, it is more expensive to buy the ingredients for a healthy diet like vegetables, nuts, fruit and fish than the refined grains, processed prepared foods and meats o…

My taste for books has been all over the map lately. Over the past month, I’ve gone from “The Paris Library” by Janet Skeslien Charles (historical fiction) to “North: Finding My Way While Running the Appalachian Trail” by Scott Jurek (nonfiction/memoir) to “The Chosen and the Beautiful” by N…

I have a great deal of respect for the tenets of journalism, and one of the most important is that of full disclosure. So in the interest of full disclosure I want to begin by saying that I am a Rotarian of nearly 32 years, and for the next three days before the annual “changing of the guard…

Wreaths Across America in West Warwick is proud to announce a local stop for the WAA Mobile Education Exhibit national tour. The MEE started its tour at the WAA Headquarters in Maine and will be in our area July 18 for a scheduled event that is both free and open to the public. The event wil…

When you are heading to the airport at 3:30 a.m., you don’t want to be stuck in traffic or driving through an unknown neighborhood. You want to know where you are going and how to get there. This was only my second time flying out of Boston Logan International Airport and I had no idea what …

As we prepare to “call it a year,” it is abundantly clear that School Year ’20-’21 has been one like no other. We certainly hope to never see another like it. However, despite all of the challenges of the last 16 months, our principals, teachers, support staff, parents, families and students…

Critical race theory is a response to the post-civil rights movement idea that the effects of discrimination and inequality on Black people were no longer the problem they had once been. CRT has its origins in the 1970s with the writing of Derrick Bell, a civil rights lawyer who was the firs…

We all hope for a breakthrough in the cure for cancer. Thankfully, scientists are making progress in the fight against this and many other devastating diseases. But on occasion, an innovation well outside of the health care sector can make a big difference in matters of life and death. And i…

Summer is finally here, and things are looking a little bit brighter (especially now that we can see so many of your lovely smiles again)! We’re thrilled to once again announce that our Summer Reading programs will begin at the end of this week … this is the 90th anniversary of our kids Summ…

I recently read an article about “broken heart syndrome” in the context of Prince Philip’s death and how it could impact Queen Elizabeth II and her health. They were a loving and close-knit couple — together for seven decades. The queen has called Philip “simply … my strength and stay all th…

At some point in time, everyone is going to need a lawyer. Whether you are buying a home, have been injured in an accident, hurt on the job, evicting a tenant, need a will or, God forbid, in trouble with the law, the time will eventually come. The question you will then face is how do you ch…

I was going through some boxes in the office when I came across my script and the blue blanket that I used in the community theater production of “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” back in 2002. I was cast as Linus in the play. It was my first time back on stage in over a decade. I loved doin…

June is Pride month, a time to recognize the impact that LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) individuals have had on history, to celebrate their experiences and culture, and to remember those who have been lost due to violence and illness over the years. Perhaps the most w…

One thing you learn early in senior care administration is the importance of socialization. When talking with families, I will remind them that “socialization can be as important as their medication.” That’s the main reason that so many good, dedicated communities for the care of those with …

The American star of the silver screen, Jean Harlow, was known as the “Blonde Bombshell.” She once remarked, “If it wasn’t for my hair, Hollywood wouldn’t know me.” But did the blonde hair come at a huge price? Harlow was dead at the age of 26.

Summer is a great time to eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. I use what I grow in my own little garden, though I have to supplement from the market heavily. Some years the yield is better than others. For instance, last summer the only thing that flourished in my garden were the cucumbe…

I heard a discussion on the radio the other morning about how to meet potential mates these days. It was all about the popularity of online dating sites, dating apps you could put right on your phone, swiping right to indicate interest and left to let someone know they didn’t make the cut ..…

Fire extinguishers are the first line of defense when a fire occurs in the community or at home. Businesses are required to install them, and homeowners are strongly encouraged to have them. In order to save lives and protect property, the extinguisher must be available, accessible and worki…

It’s been said “We are what we eat,” or “garbage in garbage out.” Less catchy advice might be “Eat an anti-inflammatory diet, rather than a pro-inflammatory one.” It could make the difference in the likelihood of developing a malignancy of the large bowel. Not many people realize that if you…

Westerly Library and Wilcox Park is known for many things: the sprawling park, the striking architecture, the (ahem) amazingly friendly and knowledgeable staff … but above all else, there is one thing that we have been known as since our very conception: a war memorial, commemorating the sol…

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

Of the many tools gardeners have at their disposal, mulches are among the most indispensable. Often, they are also the most misused. Mulches offer both plants and gardeners a variety of benefits. Two big pluses on the side of gardeners are weed control and water conservation.

You have 10 minutes and the clock is ticking. What would you say if you were given the opportunity to tell the world who you are and what you believe is the most important thing in the world. That is essentially the challenge that was presented to the candidates vying for the title of Miss C…